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Old 10-23-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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How about we help those building presses with pics of ours? Looked for a show us your press thread, came up empty. Well here's mine. That second to last one is of the smash stick to push the apples into the shredder (a laminated drum with stainless flat head screws.)
Props to my pops, without him taking me up on some crazy rabbittrail whim, I'd just be dreamin.
(belt guard....we dont need no steeenkin belt guard)

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
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scratter and press all in one.... nice looking bit of kit... I assume you have 2 baskets so while pressing one the other is filling? then once full it's slid fwd under press and hay presto?

is there a solid base under the slats on the shelf?

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #3
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Yep, assembly line style. That way we can keep the process moving along.
There is a solid base under the slats, with a hole to drain out.
The shredder (scratter?, always like to learn comparative terms) took some thinking on how to build. Had to have one that was simple, efficient and easy to clean. It does a good job of macerating them.
thanks for the compliment.

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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Hey Pommeau that's a nice setup! Tell me more about the Scratter design what size is the motor, what are the RPM's and what size are the 2 pulleys? I have a very large very old press that I bought last year for cheap but am trying to figure out something to build for grinding. Right now I use a 3lb hammer and a 5 gallon bucket. I put about a dozen apples in the bucket and pound them with the top of the hammer until I get a mush. It works but it's messy and as labor intensive as it sounds!

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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Mine looks like this. It's from 1872.

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:08 AM   #6
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Babski,
1/3 hp motor, 1750rpm 1.5" on motor, 10" on drum. Happy to answer any other questions that might come up.

Mike,
Nice! Sure dont make stuff like they used to, I'd love to get 100 years out of ours. Would sure be nice if we could get a qulity press for just over a jackson!

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:31 AM   #7
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Here's mine haven't got to use yet. I built it from cider press and barrel plans. Ordered the barrel kit from the guy.

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I made this press from a kit that included the welded-together screw and handle, an acme thread nut and plate, and metal straps. I forget if the tub staves came too, or if I had to make them myself.

After only one season, the 3/4-inch plywood pressing plate I made got worn completely through by the screw. I found a man with a metal fabrication shop just over on the next hill, and he made this fantastic, 1/4-inch stainless-steel plate for me, and even included a short tube welded on that fits the screw just right and keeps the plate level.

Works great.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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the OP totally created this post to show off! And congratulations, that is awesome!
Ron Burgendy: Hey everyone, come see how good I look!


Seriously though, nice job. I don't have a press but I've been dabbling with the idea of making one but it would most definitely be simpler than that.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:38 PM   #10
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Well I am proud of it, but that's all my fathers doing. He likes to do stuff right, and do it once. His hobbies include deriving satisfaction from hand cutting dovetails, and spending weeks on hand staining furniture, so even his purely functional stuff looks nice.

Nice Burgundy clip, watched it replacing "I" with "my press" and am still laughing. If I only looked half as good in that 'stache

Some stuff you cant see are the Steel ears welded to the large Nut buried in the frame for the screw. So I genuinely want to put something out there for people to look at, deconstruct, then build.

I was hoping to get some plate press pics in here.

WHO'S GOT A PLATE PRESS, POST YOUR PICS, THEN COME AND LOOK AT MY PRESS THEN TELL ME YOU LOOVVVE IT

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